Arjun Rampal and the desecration of a Parsi Fire Temple

The image you see below is from a recent issue of GQ Magazine published in India. Arjun Rampal actor/model answers some candid questions and one of his answers is a boastful “I am one of the few people who have gone into the Agyari pretending to be a Parsi”.

This is really pathetic and obnoxious of Arjun Rampal. A little background. Arjun Rampal is married to Meher Jesia, ex Miss India. Arjun-small

Current rules state that only Parsis are allowed entry into their holy places, the Agiyaris and the Atashbehrams. And Arjun is not a Parsi. What right does he then have to break the rules of a community, just to satiate his own personal curiosity and boast about it.

Rules in religion are not always agreed upon. But as long as they exist one needs to respect them. I wonder if Arjun Rampal would dare to go to the Kaaba at Mecca, which is out of bounds to non-Muslims. No offence to Muslims, but I wish he would try that stunt and see the consequences.

Parsi fire temples are not guarded securitized places. Over the centuries there has been a certain respect/trust within the society, which respects the wishes of the Parsi community and not venture into their fire temples.

I am not a legal maven, but I wonder if a criminal case of trespass can be filed against this Arjun Rampal. He has knowingly desecrated a consecrated place, an agiary.

It also makes me wonder what sort of a person Arjun is, what moral standards he must have to take credit in publicly admitting such an act.

Cross-Posted on Parsi Khabar.

13 Comments

  1. zidane August 6, 2009

    You do realize, that if you continue to be such an insular community, that your grandchildren will have to screw each other. Last time I checked, it wasn’t a criminal offence to enter a hindu temple, haji ali, or a jain temple.

    Still, purely on the basis of private property laws, the owner of the agyari should have the right to throw a non-Parsi out. I just don’t understand why you want to be such a closed community.

  2. Karan Kapoor August 6, 2009

    I completely agree with Zidane, I don’t see anything wrong in going to any shrine of any religion. I do respect all religion and also welcome people from other religion to pray

    Arjun Rampal boasting over this act is weird, knowing that this place is restricted he shouldn’t have done this.

    Probably, I am submissive over this coz I dont know how important and sacred is this for Parsis.

  3. Hushtasp Bhumgara August 6, 2009

    Extreme case of disrespect shown by Arjun Rampal. This is a person who should be a role model, instead chooses to brag about doing a wrong.
    Should count himself lucky that Parsis’ are not a violent bunch to string him up.
    I am a Parsi and feel violated by this disrespectful Indian Bollywood actor.
    Shame on him.
    Needs to be taught respect for others and religion.

  4. Kaiyan Mistree August 7, 2009

    I am deeply saddened that an educated mature man as Arjun Rampal should boast that he broke a community’s religious law and entered a Parsi Fire Temple. While he has apologized his excuse of being 8 years old and was caught for merely entering a fire temple compound makes no logical sense. Anyone can enter the compound and no one is caught for doing so. Argun Rampal must have the courage to speak the truth when he is apologizing otherwise his apology is worth nothing.

    With regard to what Karan Kapoor and Zidane said about entering various places of worship they must realize that different communities have different rules and every communities rules must be respected. Would they like it if somebody desecrated a Hindu temple by carrying in meat inside. This is just not done and everyone respects and is aware of this rule.

    When you blatantly violate a community’s religious rule, the community has a right to protest against this religious insensitivity.

  5. Shahyan Dastur August 7, 2009

    I am a young Parsi priest and I am shocked and horrified of Arjun Rampal’s insensitive action. Does he think that just because he is married to a Parsi he can defy our religious rules. His excuse that he was 8 years old just does not seem truthful. He is now covering up because of the bad press that he has got. Young people should not see him as a role model because he clearly has no respect for the Parsi / Irani community and has no respect for the truth. Why doesn’t he confess the name of the fire temple he entered so that we as priests can re-sanctify it.

  6. Kalyan August 7, 2009

    It’s ironic that he resorted to subterfuge in a place of worship

  7. Tester P. August 8, 2009

    Since Mr.Rampal mentions “pretending to be a parsi” indicated that the act was deliberate, mischievous & malicious. To play with religious sentiments is dangerous. Rampal i feel is so far lucky to go unscathed. Had he tried his stunt and played / toyed around with the religious sentiments of any other religion, die hard fanatics would have ensured drastic changes to his and his fly’s lifestyle. Zoroastrians, i feel are a very tolerant lot , but that should not be taken due advantage of by any one. Zoroastrians are fire worshipers and those who play with their fire with malice shall perish by its flames.
    Ram-pal, you need more than an apology to gain respect of this community.

  8. Faramroze Chyella August 8, 2009

    It is a shameful act and it is condemned ages ago. We really dont know what people get in disturbing the sanctum sanctorium of a community who has never thrown its rules upon. Other options are a fulltime vigil and punitive measures to secure the dignity of the religion. It is not an act to boast, or rather say the particular person has ver little in life to boast

  9. AJ August 10, 2009

    Arjun rampal is well known figure…
    The truth is that he was speaking about his childhood memory..Wen arjun Rampal was not Arjun Rampal..so better we stop jumping into ny conclusion withut knowing everyThing

  10. Candi August 17, 2009

    To: Tester P & the other Harshworders:
What sinister words Tester P used against our humble superstar, who is reputed for forthrightness and honesty, without even caring to know the truth of the matter or giving him the benefit of the doubt. As we all know, Arjun Rampal is married to the lovely Mehr Jessia, who is an Indian by birth, but whose forefathers were Pasis and was thus born into the fold as a result. We have red articles in the past that Arjun was seen accompanying her to Pasi New-Years and helping her with their activities, why is it now such a shock horror that he dignified their flamming temple with his ‘hot’ presence? Arjun has put the Zoros on the world map! Those articles are meant to test Arjun Rampal’s Fans, if they have minds of their own. We know that the star is not like that, so we should stand by him irrespective of what we hear or read and SEE his MOVIES. As for that Zoro priest-watch your mind or else your flames will consume all that you try to consume of an innocent man!

  11. KM August 19, 2009

    I have lot of respect for Zorostrian religion and am very interested in learning more about it. I think the Fire Temples were forbidden for non-zorostrians because there were lot of hostilities towards this religion in Iran where it was born. The situation is different in India. I think they should allow others to enter fire temples if we have respect for the religion. I requested a Parsee friend of mine to take me to the fire temple and he refused and told me there are swords in the temple and the purpose of these swords are to chopp-off the head of the person if he is not a Zorostrian & enters the temple. I think they should allow others to convert to Zorostrianism or allow the non-zorostrian spouse of a zorostrian to practise the religion if they want to save the religion from being extinct. But this is just my opinion and no way of an expert one.

  12. Khushmiza September 3, 2009

    The reason that the parsis dont allow anyone in fire Temple is because they had promised the king of Sanjan in Gujarat that they would not allow any one to do so, or else people might be attracted towards the community, and therefore the hindu population might be decreased, therefore to protect the hindu population the parsis promised KIND JD Rana that they will not allow any non-parsis in Agyari or fire temple, They still protect their promise because it is the very reason because of which they were allowed to be here friends, Imagine, there are not many communities that would keep up such a old promise till Date!!!!

  13. JR July 2, 2012

    I fail to understand how a human life with no bad intentions, leads to desecration of a holy place. I dont think God would ever mind.

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